Two fans have taken personal injury claims against the IRFU, the governing body of rugby in Ireland, and New Stadium DAC, the company that operates the Aviva Stadium, according to a report in The Times.
The two fans have decided to take this action after being struck in the head by a rugby ball in two different games which took place at the Dublin stadium.
One woman was struck by a ball during Munster’s loss to Saracens in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup in 2017 while another woman suffered the same fate in Ireland’s recent historic victory over the All Blacks in November of last year.
It is understood that on both occasions, the balls were kicked into the crowd by a player.
The IRFU released a brief statement on the matter saying that it would be “inappropriate to comment on any ongoing legal matter.”
Spectators taking legal action is more common ground in other sports such as baseball and golf but this is believed to be the first time in which this has occurred due to being struck by a rugby ball.